Learn to cope & embrace grief and find meaning & purpose in tragedy with the support of a community who truly understands.
I’m so sorry for the loss that brought you here, but glad you found this community. Although you had no choice in your person’s death, you do have a choice in how you CHOOSE to move forward.
You can allow grief to trap you — fighting your feelings and reality, which only adds suffering and pain to your hardship. Or, you can allow grief to transform you — flowing with your feelings and surrendering to your new normal, in attempts to seek the lessons and create meaning from your loss.
Grief is a journey. Not a destination.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve — no rule book or guide! Ultimately, YOU are your best authority on your loss and your journey. However, with so much freedom comes the potential for fear and uncertainty, which can lead to unnecessary added suffering.
I’m here to help you transform your fear into power and gently guide you on this seemingly dark, overwhelming, and at times, impossible path moving forward.
It won’t be easy.
In fact, it might be painful and hard. But what I’ve learned over the course of two years since my husband died is that pain is a catalyst for transformation.
Hard doesn’t have to mean bad. You can create whatever meaning we want from this experience —
And I want to show you how!
In the early stages of loss, you might feel lost, overwhelmed, unmotivated and unsure if you can survive. Sometimes you get trapped in this state of paralysis, believing that you are powerless over your circumstance and not capable of moving forward.
And when you believe these thoughts, they can become your reality! You really do get stuck. (I’ve been there!)
That’s why I created the moveTHRU method — an 8-step sequence that combines intention and movement to help you embrace grief, feel your feelings, and release them, so that you can have the freedom, clarity and power to move forward.
Now moving forward does NOT mean that you forget about your deceased person. You can move forward AND still hold onto the memories and love for your person. Moving forward is about finding ways to honor your loss , seeking meaning in hardship ,and discovering renewed purpose in life.
Ever heard of post-traumatic growth?
Yes, it’s a real thing — you can actually GROW in beautiful, profound ways from moving thru this seemingly impossible experience. While you can’t bring your person back and it feels like you’ve lost everything — it’s in this place of total loss and uncertainty that you have the freedom to create whatever you want!
Here’s a snapshot of what you will gain from this group-guided journey:
Understand why you feel the way you do and recognize the importance of openly feeling your feelings and processing your loss, to flow instead of fight your emotions.
⚡️ FIND CONNECTION AND SUPPORT
Grief needs to be witnessed. Your loss matters. Share your pain and your struggles with a community who “gets it” and truly understands. No judgements, just love and compassion.
⚡️DEFINE YOUR COPING STYLE
Explore effective coping mechanisms and strategies to make space for grief and release it so that you can operate in a calm, curious and connected state of being.
⚡️MOVE TO GET UNSTUCK
Get access to the MOVE Forward from loss online course and learn how to use exercise as a powerful tool to break the negative thought cycle that can trap us in grief.
⚡️DISCOVER MEANING IN LOSS
Let go of society perceptions surrounding hardship, tragedy and struggle that only add to our suffering, and create your own meaning in loss.
With a significant loss, comes the loss of shared dreams, future plans and our identity. Rediscover your sense of purpose by exploring what matters to you.
⚡️ CREATE A FUTURE VISION
Design a future that allows you to move forward from loss, yet honors your person’s legacy and your core values.
Participants in the group guided journey will meet once a week (90 min sessions) over the course of 12-weeks.
The sessions take place via ZOOM on Wednesdays from 6pm-7:15pm from March – May.
In this intimate group setting (10 people max) we will:
💙 witness each other’s grief
💙 hold each other accountable
💙 provide motivation and loving support
💙explore tools and topics outlined below!
Once enrolled, participants also get access to my MOVE Forward from Loss Online Course, which we will reference and use to help us embrace grief over the 12-week timespan.
HERE’S AN OVERVIEW OF THE CONTENT COVERED
MONTH ONE: YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The first four weeks are dedicated to creating safety & security in our space to foster connection and collaboration. We aren’t here to “fix” each other’s pain, but to witness it — to hold space, listen and provide gentle guidance as we navigate our losses together. We will also cover how to create support systems & boundaries for those who can’t support us, how to ask for help, and explore outlets to help process your loss.
MONTH TWO: EMBRACING GRIEF
We will continue to check in on each other’s grief by learning about our feelings and emotions as a natural response to loss. We will understand WHY we feel the way we do, debunk harmful grief myths, and use the Enneagram to explore our unique coping style — because grief looks different for everyone. There is no right or wrong! Yet, with so much freedom comes room for self-judgement and fear. This month will help us approve of how we show up in grief and learn to TRUST OURSELVES (in grief and in life).
MONTH THREE: MOVING FOWARD WITH MEANING
Our final month together focuses on the tasks of adjusting to and accepting our new reality without our loved one. We will share tools and perform exercises around understanding your core values to help you define your identity and purpose in this “new normal”. We will also hold space for the complex dualities involved with moving forward. And with courage and imagination, we will begin to create a vision for your future that you might even be excited about.
I developed my 12-Week Guided Group Journey outlined above, along with The moveTHRU METHOD (used in my online course), drawing from the principles of Acceptance & Commitment Theory, Positive Psychology, the TEAR Model of Grief, and grief coaching courses I’ve completed (The Institute for Life Coach Training and David Kessler’s Grief Educator Certification) , as well as my personal grief journey.
My goal is to support and empower anyone grieving by providing them with tips, tool, and guidance that helped me and community who understands.
I’m a firm believer that there is no right or wrong way to grieve and that everyone has their own personal path to healing.
I also honor the truth that YOU are ultimately your best guide on grief!
However, I know how hard it is to trust in our process, to eliminate the noise — all the “should’s” about grieving — , to create boundaries around people who can support you vs. prolong your suffering, and to feel empowered enough to do what you need to do in order to heal.
It takes time. It takes trust.
Sometimes it takes someone else who has walked the path before you to help you step into a place of empowerment to move forward.
Grief is messy, unpredictable and constant. It’s a lifelong journey!
But I’m here to provide you with the guidance, tools and loving support necessary to help you find your way.
The investment to join this 12-week Guided Grief Journey is:
(Payment options of $466/month)
This is a small, intimate group setting and I am holding space for only 10 participants at a price of less than $120 per week.
Get started by hitting the button below to complete a quick application! This is a brief questionnaire about your loss and your goals moving forward. Once I receive and review your application, I’ll reach out with an invitation to join our group!
Read or watch what graduates of my Guided Group Grief Journey had to say about their experience in my program.
When I began my journey with the moveTHRU grief group it had been about 7 months since my husband died. Up until this point I was just surviving by “avoiding” any emotions and finding things to fill the void he left behind. My heart was aching as the reality of the permanency of his death was setting in and the “shock” was wearing off. I knew I needed to get some help from the outside to help me navigate through my grief and these emotions I had been trying so hard to avoid.
I had come across a few courses but Emily’s caught my eye the most because of the fitness aspect. Working out was already a part of my daily routine so I thought it would be a good fit.
And it was!
Through the course I learned how to really feel my emotions, lean into and sit in them, allow them to come in and move through me. Most importantly my feelings were validated not only by Emily but everyone in our group. I still use the tools I learned through the course and guided workouts and apply them when I go for a run or strength train.
I highly recommend moveTHRU Grief course and group. Even if you don’t like to workout, if you are afraid or intimidated by the idea of being on live coaching calls, I want to encourage you to take that leap today. You are not alone but surrounded by Emily and others who are walking in the same space as you are right now.
This course is truly one of a kind. Created by a compassionate understanding kind person who has a heart that wants to motivate and teach you how thrive and grow stronger as you move forward in your grief.
“When I started Emily’s moveTHRU Group Grief Journey my husband had been gone for 7.5 months. I had a lot of anxiety about moving forward and a lot of guilt when I would go and do things, especially with family. Exhaustion was also a huge struggle.
I joined the group because I knew that I was struggling and did not know how or what to do to even take a step forward with my life. Also, my sister encouraged me to join, even though I was extremely anxious sharing my story.
The biggest breakthrough I had was when I was journaling / answering a question that Emily provided during a session and I wrote out what it meant for me to move forward. I had told myself that he would want me to be happy and move forward, but something about writing it out was so helpful in fully understanding and accepting what it meant for me — knowing it would honor him to move forward…even it was baby steps. I have reminded myself many times that moving forward does not mean moving on, and this has been HUGE in my grief journey.
I also realized that most of my exhaustion came from not being able to process what I was feeling. This journey has taught me that it is okay to sit with my emotions and that moving my body in any form also helps process them (especially the sad/hurt ones).
If I were to give advice to anyone thinking about joining this group I would say to TAKE THE LEAP! I am not a very open person, especially with discussing my feelings. Joining this group there was never any pressure to speak and share. However, the comfort of having others who share made it so easy to open and share when I felt like I could. Being surrounding by others in a time of so much hurt and heartache gave me a sense of normalcy.”
When I joined Emily’s moveTHRU Guided Grief Group Journey, I had passed the 14th month after my husband died (following his 14 month journey through cancer). I had “made it through” the 1st year, as difficult as it was, and was feeling less numb but more aware of my deep sadness, loneliness and some continued anxiety.
Along with learning tools and acquiring knowledge that will support your grief journey for life, I’d also like to invite you to participate in our community through a few key add-ons:
BONUS #1: Private Facebook Group
This is a dedicated group for moveTHRU members who have purchased the course and want the support and accountability of a community to keep moving forward from loss! In this group I will answer questions and address comments about content covered on our calls or anything that is coming up for you! We will check-in to hold each other accountable for completing course modules, validate each others feelings and emotions as we share in our collective loss, and celebrate breakthroughs in our grief.
BONUS #2: Access to my Online Course
My MOVE Forward for Loss Online Course contains 50+ videos of meditations and workouts to help you embrace eight different emotions that come up during the grieving process. While we cover these modules in our Group Guided Journey, you will have access to these tools for life.
In addition to the videos content, I also created downloadable PDF’s that you can easily access as a quick guide to move THRU each emotion. If you feel an emotion coming up for you, instead of revisiting all of the content in the course, you can download these guides to quickly find:
– Mindset mantras to help reframe difficult situations
– Key takeaways and reminders from the module
– Suggested workouts, moves or breathing exercises to embody & release specific feelings & emotions
Think of this as your “Cliff Notes” to moveTHRU Grief!
Learn more about all that’s included my online course here.
BONUS #3: Guest Speakers & Workshops
There will be three additional bonus sessions that feature a different guest speaker every month throughout our journey together. Read below to see who will be joining us this fall!
PROCESSING TRAUMA THRU SOMATIC PRACTICES
Led by Amelia Bradaric
In 2015, Amelia suddenly and tragically lost her husband. It was within navigating her loss that she discovered her purpose was to support others within their own unique life experiences. She is now a Licensed Counsellor focused on grief, trauma and post traumatic growth. Her preferred therapeutic modalities include Somatic Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Breathwork. Amelia also facilitates Trauma courses at Rhodes Wellness College in Vancouver, B.C. Her workshop for the Guided Group Grief Journey will focus on exploring grief in the body, to tune-in and work through painful or distressing sensations.
USING THE ENNEAGRAM TO APPROVE OF OUR GRIEF
Led by Jillian Keaveny
Jillian is a full time fitness and yoga instructor, personal trainer and FNTP in Denver, CO. Alongside co-founding Compass Fitness, Compass Wellness, Compass Online, Jillian produces fitness and yoga events, including 5280 Magazine’s Wellness Boost (Feb 2020), is a certified FNTP (Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association) and is passionate about a little thing called the Enneagram. She is a lululemon legacy ambassador, has been an 200-hr RYS certified yoga instructor since 2010 and has her BA in Kinesiology. She has taught yoga and fitness in both Colorado Springs and Denver over the past thirteen years. Jillian has been studying the enneagram for over 10 years. She has co facilitated multiple workshops with registered therapists, and personally coached individuals as well as business leadership teams utilizing the many tools the enneagram provides to help teams thrive (lululemon and The Pump + Dump Show). Jillian’s personal grief story began at sixteen years old when she lost her father to esophageal cancer. Her workshop will help participants embrace their unique coping style by understanding themselves.
EXPLORING CORE VALUES TO REDEFINE IDENTITY & PURPOSE
Led by Jacki Carr
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, motivational speaker and writer. She works with women to amplify their voices and expand their vision and goals to better the future of the World. Known as a fiery and yet hilariously relatable speaker, Jacki is a Senior Lightyear Leadership Coach and has worked with companies like Lululemon, Patagonia, and The North Face – she truly values companies who care for their people and the Earth. Emily hired Jacki to help her create her vision for moveTHRU and leans on her lessons to this day. This workshop will help participants look within and examine what matters to them in order to understand their identity and purpose moving forward after a loss.
Calls start on March 2
WILL THERE BE RECORDINGS IF I CAN’T ATTEND?
Yes! All sessions and support material will be added to a private G-drive where you can access the content at any time. However, attending sessions LIVE is highly encouraged to foster community & connection and to promote a deeper transformation.
WILL YOU ISSUE A REFUND IF I END UP DROPPING OUT?
No. It takes substantial resources for me to create these safe spaces for healing and to ensure a supportive experience for everyone involved, so I unfortunately cannot offer refunds. This is a commitment to YOUR TRANSFORMATION and my hope is that your investment holds you accountable to yourself and others sharing in this space.
IF I NEED CUSTOMIZED SUPPORT, CAN I ADD ON 1:1 COACHING TOO?
Yes! I can create a customized package with a significant discount off my individual coaching rate. Together we will come up with a plan that best support you!
Feel free to schedule a 30-min discovery call where we can get to know each other and I can answer any questions or concerns about my program. Just click the link below to schedule a time to connect. There is no pressure to commit on these calls! Just a chance to explore your goals moving forward and how this journey might assist you along the way.
I’m Emily. I’m a grief coach, fitness professional, mother of two, and widow as of March 2019 when my husband Ian passed away from Uveal Melanoma. I’ve found meaning in my loss by helping others heal.
I’ve always found joy and value in movement, but after losing Ian, I found that moving my body was the only way to cope with my grief.
Exercise was how I experienced my emotions and felt my feelings during the early stages of loss. While I felt trapped in my mind trying to name or understand my emotions, I experienced a sense of freedom with every burpee, a hint of courage with every rep of a heavy weight, and a glimmer of hope with every drop of sweat fleeing my body.
While fitness has helped me embrace grief, I’ve also made essential mindset shifts to radically re-conceptualize my life moving forward. I’ve had to let go of societal definitions of hardship and struggle; I’ve had to stop qualifying life experiences; and I’ve had to create my own meaning in loss.
At the end of the day, it is what it is. AND it will be what we make it!
Losing Ian has proven to me that life really is a journey and his death — although tragic and life-consuming in the moment — is just one milestone. My sadness, my loneliness and my grief are not permanent. Feelings, human beings and human experiences are always in motion. Ian and I both understood that no matter what struggle life hands you, we have a choice — to remain trapped by tragedy or to moveTHRU and perhaps, even be TRANSFORMED (for the better)!
I can’t wait to meet you! Connect with me by clicking the button below and we will see if working together supports your needs and desires at this time. AN